Artist: Andrew Hansen
Exhibition: Bar Scene No. 1
Media: Oil painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: None at this time
About the Artist
Andrew Hansen is an Undergraduate student at CSULB, in the School of Arts Drawing and Painting Program. Andrew is a very active person, and is into outdoor sports, such as surfing, hiking, and dirt bike riding.
Bar Scene No. 1 is an oil painting. All of the lines are very smooth, and painted in the color of their objects; there are no black outlines unless the object is black. Otherwise, for example, a man’s green shirt is outlined in the same green color. This makes every object stand out from one another with nothing blending in or getting lost. Because the painting is of a scene in a bar, the brushstrokes give off a blurry aesthetic, as if one were viewing it after a few drinks. This also gives every object a smooth aesthetic. The foreground is very bright and vibrant, with shadows being cast behind them (e.g. the bouncer’s thumb). The background is also bright with backlighting coming in from the right-hand side. The objects on the left-hand side and the middle are darker due to shadows (e.g. the man on the left’s darkened face and the woman in the middle’s back).
Andrew works as a bouncer at Pacific Shores, a bar in San Diego, CA. He told me that he wanted to paint something he sees often and is interested in, so he chose what he sees while working: people showing their ID’s to him. (All of the people in Bar Scene No. 1 are Andrew’s friends). He also said that he wanted to experiment with lighting, evident in the shadows and highlights in the painting.
I personally really like Bar Scene No. 1. It gives me a very cheerful vibe. This is most likely because it is a scene from a bar: people drinking, laughing, and having a good time with each other. It may also be because there are no black outlines (unless the object is black); it makes every object stand out from one another and feel warm, colorful, and important. I like that Andrew painted something he sees very often and is interested in. It tells me that not every work of art has to have a deep, underlying meaning, or be a metaphor for something. Art can just be what one sees every day, and that is okay. This is not to discredit any meaning Andrew may have had while painting Bar Scene No. 1, this is just what I took away from it. I fully appreciate all forms of art, even ones that are metaphors for something or have underlying messages. But I also like when artists create something just because it is apart of their everyday life. It says that whatever the subject of their work is important, even if it’s not something one must read between the lines with. A bar scene can be important to someone; a dog frolicking can be important; a certain scene or character from a movie can be important. Art can be anything, and can have any meaning.